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OUA Baseball Action Kicks Off at SkyDome
Laurier: 8 BLUE JAY CUP - York: 9
The 2003 OUA Baseball season got underway this weekend as all 8 teams participated in the Blue Jays Cup. Laurier began the season against the York Lions on Friday morning at the SkyDome. York scored a run in the 1st off Hawks starter Mark Eccleton (Toronto, Ont) and that run held up until the 4th when rookie 3rd Baseman Jordan Wittig (Waterloo, Ont) walked and scored on a passed ball. Laurier took the lead in the 6th as they pushed across 4 runs, 2 coming courtesy a Matt Snoei (Grassie, Ont) single. A bases loaded single in the bottom of the 6th scored 2 for the Lions and made the score 5-3 in favour of the Hawks. Laurier widened its lead in the 7th when Anthony Iafrate (Toronto, Ont) singled home Ryan O’Connor (Kitchener, Ont). The game entered the bottom of the 8th inning with Laurier ahead 7-4. The game was on a strict time limit of 3 hours and this limit was reached in the middle of the 8th, shortening the game to only 8 innings. Unfortunately for the Hawks York pushed across 3 runs in the 8th to tie the game at 7. Russ Latimer (London, Ont) made a spectacular unassisted double play to end the game as a tie.

The Hawks took on a veteran squad from the University of Toronto later on Friday afternoon and came out on the short end of an 11-1 final. The Hawks learned a lot from this game, as the Varsity Blues played a solid game. The 3rd game of the tournament saw the Hawks at home to take on the Marauders from McMaster. SCOTT BALLANTYNE (Kincardine, Ont) got the call on the mound for the Hawks and was touched up for 5 runs through 4 plus innings of work. The Mac bats were strong and Laurier couldn’t keep up, losing 13-4. This weekend was a good wake up call for the team, as they now know where they need to be to reach the upper echelon of the league.

The Hawks next action is this Wednesday when they take on cross-town rivals the University of Waterloo. Game time is 7pm at Jack Couch Park in Kitchener.
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